Germany

German Women Should Stay at Home and Raise Kids, Says Archbishop

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German women should be encouraged to "stay at home and bring three or four children into the world", the archbishop of Cologne has declared, rather than relying on immigration to solve the country's demographic crisis.

Cardinal Joachim Meisner compared Angela Merkel's government's family policies to Communist East Germany, when he said women who stayed at home were considered "demented".

Germany, which has the lowest birth rate in Europe, is seeking more workers from crisis-hit countries including Spain to solve its shortage of skilled labour.